Duckhorn The Discussion 2006

Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California

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Item No. 104463
  • red wine
  • boutique wine
  • collectible wine
  • WE96
  • WS93
  • CG91
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

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Winemaker's Notes

A seamless blend of grapes from the most distinct and coveted lots in our Estate portfolio, this complex, elegant wine is crafted to accentuate grace and harmony, as opposed to overt power, and offers a broad, lush mid-palate, silky tannins, focused fruit and a long, lingering finish. From its nuanced aromatics of black cherry, dark chocolate, orange peel, cedar and cinnamon to its rich and sophisticated flavors of raspberry truffles, cassis, blackberry, olive and herbs, this wine sets a new benchmark for Duckhorn Vineyards winemaking.

53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot

Over three decades ago, before crafting their first vintage, the Duckhorns and their winemaker had a passionate discussion at the kitchen table. Though they debated making a cuvée, they chose to focus on varietal wines. Even so, Duckhorn Vineyards has always remained fascinated by the artful blend of varietals from diverse Napa Valley vineyards. Embodying the depth and complexity of a world-class Estate program, The Discussion represents the pinnacle of the Duckhorn Vineyards portfolio and the ongoing dialogue that defines great winemaking.

Critical Acclaim

"Duckhorn set out to make a dazzler, and succeeded. A bordeaux blend based mainly on Cabernet Sauvignon, it has too many flavors to list, but blackberries, dark chocolate, orange peel, red licorice, bacon and dusty Indian spices surely top the list, wrapped into soft but super fine tannins. Really a first-rate wine that earns a place in the Napa pantheon. Now-2015, in a good cellar."
96 Points

"Impressive for its density, complexity, refinement and focus, built around a core of ripe, spicy currant, blackberry, black licorice, anise and mineral. Full-bodied and well-proportioned, ending with a long, sleek finish and firm tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2020."
93 Points

"The inaugural release of Duckhorn's new proprietary label is a study in sturdiness, ripeness and size. Long on essential fruit, yet a little less "fruity" in style, it exhibits a complex mix of toast, cedary spice, espresso, raspberries and well-ripened currants. It is the tightest, most firmly built bottling on the winery's 2006 roster and is finished with a fair bit of grippy young tannins, but its potential for better is beyond dispute, and it warrants at least five years of patience."
91 Points

"Nancarrow blended this barrel selection from a range of Duckhorn's estate vineyards; it emphasizes cabernet sauvignon (53 percent), with the balance merlot (28), cabernet franc (14) and petit verdot (5). The fruit is soft and plump, the tannins more austere, showing a little heat stress in their dimpled fruit-skin character. This is ready to decant for aged sirloin, seared rare. "
90 Points

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Founded in 1976, Duckhorn Vineyards has been crafting Bordeaux varietals from the Napa Valley for over 30 years. This winemaking tradition has grown to include seven estate vineyards, located throughout the various microclimates of the Napa Valley. Focused on quality and consistency, these estate vineyards are an essential element in making wines of distinction. One of the first...

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It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...

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